Suspended jail sentence for ‘would-be’ Jihadi bride from Willesden

Hana Khan was dumped by her lover

Hana Khan was dumped by her lover - Credit: Archant

A would-be Jihadi bride from Willesden who sent £1,000 to fund her cheating boyfriend in Syria was spared jail today after he dumped her for another woman.

Naive Hana Khan, 23, of Meryick Avenue, was infatuated with her lover Jafar Turay, 28, who fled the country in July 2012.

The Old Bailey heard she transferred funds to him after he sent her sickening pictures of Syrian children holding AK47 machine guns, which she told him were ‘beautiful’.

Khan, who is from a ‘sheltered background’ believed she would marry the Jihadi, previously known as Joel Kelvin Daley.

But lying Turay had been cheating on her and unceremoniously dumped her by telling her he was marrying someone else the next day.

By this time she had already transferred £500 as well as assisted him in getting another £500 by helping with the sale of the contents of his flat.

Khan denied funding terror but was convicted last month.

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Today, Judge Gerald Gordon sentenced Khan to 21 months imprisonment, suspended for two years and imposed a two-year supervision order, describing the circumstances as ‘exceptional’.

He told her: “I don’t think that at any stage you were genuinely radicalised.

“Your enthusiasms were of a very different nature. In any event I have no doubt that if there were any insipid thoughts of radicalisation they were snuffed out when he unceremonoiusly dumped you by telling you he was marrying someone else the next day.

“What he didn’t have the decency to say was he was cheating on you and lying to you for some time before that.”

He added that her attitude was ‘in marked contrast of radicalised young women from this country who go to join Jihadi fighters in Syria out of conviction’.

Jafar Turay is wanted in the UK for attempted murder.

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